Ash Wednesday? Already?!

So, Lent is here.  Yeah, I knew that was going to happen.  On Monday, I told myself, “Hey, tomorrow is Fat Tuesday!  It’s Lent time!”
Imagine my surprise when Tuesday arrives, and it actually clicks in my brain.
Tomorrow is Lent?!  Aw man!  Just hook up the intravenous Mountain Dew drip now, because someone forgot to do her indulging until Tuesday afternoon…
In all seriousness, though, Lent is such a beautiful time of year.  In the 40 days leading up to Easter, it’s a designated time within which to join fellow Christians in doing a bit of self-reflection and sacrifice.  It’s an opportunity to consider Christ’s life, His sacrifice and devotion to us, and how He did the unfathomable.
All.  For.  Us.
My initial plan was to give up pop (that’s soda, to you West Coasters) for Lent.  Then I changed my mind.  While I still plan on reducing my penchant for the carbonated, it seems too superficial and unimportant to me to give up during this particular season.
In its place will be the deliberate ignoring of the hit counter on this blog.
Sure, I write because I love to write.  I’d even go so far as to say that I need to write.  But I also have the insatiable need to know if anyone actually reads any of it, which is not what this should be about.
Galations 5:25-26  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.  Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. 
I don’t want to get caught up in anything other than writing what God puts on my heart.  So for Lent, there will be no looking at the traffic stats at Room for Patience.  There will be no obsessive comparing of my somewhat sloppy layout to those refined and established layouts of veteran bloggers.
Just internet fellowship, and the postings of my theological and intellectual curiosities pertaining to the Faith.